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A knitted, unbleached cotton fabric for underwear.
[After Balbriggan, a seaport of eastern Ireland.]
1. (Textiles) a knitted unbleached cotton fabric
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) underwear made of this
[C19: from Balbriggan, Ireland, where it was originally made]
a plain-knit cotton fabric.
[1855–60; after Balbriggan, town in Ireland, where first made]